Dan Bachrach is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on the condominium, hotel, resort and hospitality industry, including residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums, timeshare, private residence clubs, fractional projects and travel packages. Dan is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and the Hospitality & Leisure Industry Team.
Timeshare, Condominium and Resort Experience
Dan's experience includes structuring and development of condominiums, cooperatives, and vacation ownership projects, as well as preparation of legal and registration documents for such projects. He has worked with and advised many of the significant and globally recognized developers and management companies in the vacation ownership industry. Dan has also assisted clients in complying with multijurisdictional regulations.
In the hotel area, Dan has negotiated hotel management agreements, technical services agreements, and several related agreements, including celebrity chef agreements, shared easements, and license agreements. He has also assisted clients in preparing form management agreements.
Consumer Finance and Privacy Experience
Dan has a broad range of experience related to consumer finance and privacy laws, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt collection Practices Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
Dan is a former registered lobbyist on behalf of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)-Florida, Florida's trade organization for the timeshare, resort and leisure industry. In addition, he has been actively involved in the drafting and negotiation of the Illinois Real Estate Timeshare Act of 1999, the Texas Timeshare Act of 2005, as well as other amendments and administrative rules and regulations affecting the timeshare industry.
Dan was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite list. He has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. In 2010 and 2011, the Legal 500 recognized Dan for his real estate work. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2010 - 2013 Florida Super Lawyers® lists and The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013. Dan has also been recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" in Leisure and Hospitality Law in the 2020 Best Lawyers rankings. This Best Lawyers ranking is awarded to one sole lawyer per practice area and region.
Dan earned his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law (with honors, 1996) where he was a member and senior student works editor of the University of Florida Law Review. He is a graduate of Emory University (B.A., cum laude, 1993).
Presentations and Publications
Dan is co-author of two chapters of an ABA/ARDA digest and analysis of U.S. timeshare law, as well as the co-author of a chapter entitled, "Specific Types of Condominiums," of the Third Edition of the Florida Condominium Law and Practice, published by the Florida Bar. He is a frequent lecturer at hospitality conferences.
Admissions, Certifications, and Professional Memberships
Dan is Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Land Development Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He has served as chair of the Timesharing and Interval Uses committee of the American Bar Association's Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section. He also has served as vice president of the Orlando Museum of Art Acquisition Trust and was a trustee of the Orlando Museum of Art. He is also the vice chair of the board of trustees of Trinity Preparatory School. Dan is a member of the Florida and American Bar Associations.
Dan is fluent in Spanish.